Kentucky Derby hopefull Gronkowski to miss the Run for the Roses

Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 4:34 PM EDT
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski will not be able to run in Kentucky Derby 144.

The three-year-old son of Lonhro has incurred a slight infection and will not be able to make the international journey to Louisville.

“We are beyond disappointed that Gronkowski will miss the Kentucky Derby,” said Tom Ludt, who directs Phoenix’s international operations. “To have a Derby contender with our first group of three-year-olds was a dream come true, and to have had New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski join us on that journey made it even more exciting. But we must put the welfare of the horse first and we will look forward to the colt recovering quickly and to his future races.”

The horse named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is undefeated in three starts this year.

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